Hands-on with the BlackBerry Tour 9630

Hands-on with the BlackBerry Tour 9630
The BlackBerry Tour 9630 is coming, and we've gotten our grubby little paws all over it.  Slated for a July 12th release on Verizon  and rumored to hit Sprint a week later, the Tour 9630 will replace the aging Curve 8330 in their lineups (Alltel looks to be getting in on the action as well).  A cross between the Curve 8900 and Bold 9000, the Tour brings the best of both worlds in terms of styling, build quality and form factor.  For the globetrotters it has both a CDMA and quadband GSM radio, though it's not yet clear how you'll be able to use the latter. If the past is any indication, Sprint and Alltel users will be able to pop in a SIM and go, whereas VZW owners will be restricted to the VZW/Vodafone SIM for the first few months of ownership.

The Tour comes with BB OS 4.7, which up until now was reserved for the touchscreen Storm.  There are a few minor visual changes we've noticed so far, but the casual user probably wouldn't notice anything different from 4.6, and if it wasn't for the visual overhaul 4.5 for that matter.  It is very quick and so far we haven't experienced any hangups, but then again there doesn't seem to be anything new or innovative either.  BlackBerry lovers will be enthused, and this may very well be the best BlackBerry to date, but just how much is this different from its predecessors?  Stay tuned for our full review soon!

RIM BlackBerry Tour 9630 Specifications



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18 Comments

1. BBuser

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 29, 2009

Does the Tour have a touch screen as reported earlier?

2. Arielnyc2006 unregistered

Nope, this version is not touchscreen.

10. kiki3931

Posts: 22; Member since: Jun 25, 2009

no its not touch screen but phone arena needs to update their articles, this phone is going to come out on July 12th! yay!

3. driv14

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 29, 2008

phone looks pretty awesome.. i still think best blackberry would be 8900 with addition of 3G..

4. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

looks like an awesome bb. i think i'll stick with my storm for now.

5. smedina44

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 01, 2009

not a fan of a touch screen... this phone will be perfect

6. tmofanboy432

Posts: 139; Member since: Jan 12, 2009

is tmobile getting a version of this phone?

7. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

Tmobile has the Curve 8900 which offers Wifi and is slightly smaller. They don't need the Tour.

8. tmofanboy432

Posts: 139; Member since: Jan 12, 2009

oh wait nevermind i just found out they are its called the driftwood or something like that :P

9. kiki3931

Posts: 22; Member since: Jun 25, 2009

update!!! Sprint will now get the Tour on July 12th! Im glad! I cant wait for us to get this phone so I can get my hands on this phone! I LOVE Sprint and their Blackberrys! this is the best phone for us! Sprint is better than Verizon anyway!

11. errorist86

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 03, 2009

uhh... i guess if you want to drop calls and get the run around from customer service then you are absolutely correct... Sprint is better than Verizon in both of those categories

15. chester162

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

Okay you do make a point CS isn't the greatest but (tell me what cell service has a great CS). But as to drop calls wrong Sprint doesn't have any dropped calls. With me being a former flight attendant I had no problem getting service no matter what large or small city/town I was in. Other colleague of mine at the time who had verizon were having some trouble in places I wasn't. I can tell you one category that Verizon beats them in hands down and that is service price they are more expensive in ever catagory and for what cause they don't have the speed and service of Sprint.

17. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Sprint used to be more expensive than everyone until a few years ago when they started losing consumers by the millions. They are forced to sell their service at a cheaper price to lower their turnover. Product differention, of which they no longer serve, they are now forced to become price "leaders", if you can call it that.. but they are still losing subs.

18. chester162

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

I don't see were they changed the prcies that much cause my I have been on sprint now for over six plus years and my wife over 12 years and nothing has really changed but the service. It has improved hands down. You can't say that for other companies.

12. jsb

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 04, 2009

Has there been anymore info on when Alltel will be taking on the Tour?

13. jvjn1512

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 04, 2009

What is the difference with this and the ATT Blackberry Bold which I have besides networks and CDMA

14. nodrick06

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 02, 2009

can u pre order the phone.... i am so gettn this phone i work fo a cell phone comp and i have sprint phone so wrong of me to not have the carrier that i work fo but it is what it is.. anyway i cant wait until it comes out i have 150 off so im waiting to use it on my tour...

16. stuntz

Posts: 178; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

for anyone interested in this phone, VZW is locked to vodaphone when travling international. Sprint is unlocked.

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